Local News

  • Mother, daughter kidnapped after home invasion

    KERSHAW – A knock at the door from someone claiming to be with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office turned into a nightmare for three women early Thursday.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the knock came at 2 a.m. at 296 Railroad Avenue and a 55-year-old woman answered the door.

  • County to develop its first long-term strategic plan

    A growing population and a need to attract more businesses to the area have county officials eyeing the county’s first-ever strategic plan.

    While the county has developed other studies, including comprehensive plans, economic forecasts and capital-improvement lists, several council members have wondered why a long-term strategic plan has never been created to tie all those needs together.

    To begin the process, council brainstormed several ideas for the plan after its meeting on Tuesday night.

  • Heath Springs man sentenced to 17 years on two sex charges

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two sex offenses last week.

    Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo said John Wesley Phillips, 32, of 2415 Hoke Road, Heath Springs, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and committing a lewd act on a minor.

    Mingo said the victims in the case are 10- and 13-year-old girls.

  • Book release, signing this week

    Kevan L. Waiters has taken his struggle and triumph and placed it on paper for others to read and become inspired.

    The Lancaster County native has written a book titled “Brother to Brother,” a first-hand account of many of the tribulations he and his family have endured over the years.

    The book has been published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

    A significant portion of the book centers on Waiters and his brother, Donald Frank, who had been in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

  • Council removes four commission members

    County Council has removed four members of the county’s Farmers Market commission from their seats.

    Council members decided after a closed session meeting Tuesday to remove the four commission members after they received a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the farmers market.

    The members who were removed are Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts.

    County Administrator Steve Willis helped compose letters explaining council’s decision.

  • City changes its false alarm policy

    False alarms at homes and businesses may get costly for city of Lancaster residents.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to amend its alarm ordinance to now outline penalties for alarm users who repeatedly have false alarms.

    If a residence or business has four or more false alarm in a year, the city will charge the responsible party $100 for each false alarm beginning with the fourth.

    The city used to charge residents and business owners beginning with the sixth false alarm, said Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White.

  • Woman faces charges in toddler incident

    A Lancaster woman has been arrested and charged after a 2-year-old girl wandered off into the street Tuesday morning.

    Quan’Meshia Deaqrilla Falls, 22, of 111 Barron Blvd., Lancaster, was charged Tuesday afternoon with child neglect.

    At press time Tuesday, Falls was being held at the Lancaster Police Department. Bond had not been set.

    ‘It didn’t look good’

  • Two years after fire

    A witchcraft trial, a prison for Confederate soldiers, a devastating fire.

    There have been many interesting twists and turns in the history of the Lancaster County Courthouse. It was designed by Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, who was appointed the first federal architect and designed the original plans for the Washington Monument after winning a prestigious competition.

  • Great Falls man get nine years for theft

    Shoplifting meat at Walmart turned out not to be a great value to a Great Falls man with a history of theft.

    Steve Barry McFarland, 47, of 6315 Richburg Road, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Paul Burch after a jury found him guilty of shoplifting third offense or greater on Thursday. Burch suspended the sentence to nine years, plus five years probation.

    The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years.

  • County to introduce smoke-free buffer zones

    The county will soon introduce smoking buffer zones around county buildings as it continues to refine its tobacco-ban policies.

    A tobacco-usage ban for county buildings and vehicles has only been in place since July 1, but County Council adopted a few additions to the county ordinance Tuesday.

    One of those additions is the creation of smoking buffer zones outside each county building, extending 20 feet from the entrance and air-conditioning systems of each building.